Ahmed Bin Sulayem continues to play a leading role in positioning DMCC and Dubai as a major international commodities hub for trade. Under his leadership DMCC has built and delivered the UAE’s largest and fastest growing Free Zone; ensured the UAE has 60 percent market share of global tea re-exports, enabled mainly by the DMCC Tea Centre; helped establish Dubai as the world’s leading physical gold market and one of the world’s top 3 hubs for the diamond trade. Mr. Bin Sulayem’s extensive knowledge of the diamond trade also led to his appointment as global Kimberley Process Chair on behalf of the UAE Ministry of Economy in 2016. The UAE Chairmanship saw Mr Bin Sulayem travel to 20 countries including Latin America before concluding the successful chairmanship with a speech on the draft resolution “The Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict” at the UN General Assembly in February 2017.
Appointed Chief Executive Officer of DMCC, the authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, in February 2014. Mr. Sashittal spent a large part of his career in the oil and gas industry with Royal Dutch Shell plc, and brings more than 25 years of international business and commodities experience to the Region. Prior to joining DMCC, he was the CFO of the DGCX, the Middle East's first derivatives exchange.
GLOBAL HEAD OF CITIZENSHIP
Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 he started working for TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter on the weekly Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006.
Michael has represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum from 2008 to 2010. In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent, in 2010 served on the Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation and in 2011 became a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. In 2012-2014 he led the WEF Global Agenda Council, The Future of Civil Society and in 2016 joined the WEF Global Agenda Council on Migration.
Michael is also a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a Vice President of UNICEF UK and Tearfund. He was previously a non-executive Director of British Telecom (on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business) for nine years and was a Global Board member of Millennium Promise until January 2016. In 2010 he was a leading adviser to the Chatham House enquiry into the Future Role of the UK in Foreign Affairs. Michael also sat on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK and previously on the Centre for Global Development in the USA. Michael has also been a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) from 2010 to 2012 and is President of ZANE - a development aid agency focussed on Zimbabwe. He is also a Patron of Free the Children and a Director of Junior Achievement Worldwide.
In 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to crime reduction which includes 15 years as Chair of Crime Concern and nine years serving on the Commission for Racial Equality (1993-2001). In 2005, Michael was awarded an independent peerage to the House of Lords. In the same year he received the UNICEF Award from the then UK Chancellor for his outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. In 2017 Michael was installed as the Chancellor of Regent's University London.
SHANGHAI GOLD EXCHANGE
Since taking office as the Chairman of SGE, Mr. Jiao Jinpu has put forward a market-based and internationalized development strategy. Under his leadership, SGE rolled out the Shanghai Gold and People’s Gold initiatives. On April 19th 2016 SGE launched the first-ever RMB-denominated Shanghai Gold Benchmark Price. Prior to his appointment with SGE, Mr. Jiao Jinpu spent 28 years at the country’s central bank PBC. His responsibilities covered the research and policy formulation in such areas as financial reform, monetary policy, financial regulation, rural finance and micro-credit, inclusive finance and financial consumer protection. His roles involved in various PBC departments as the General Director of the Financial Consumer Protection Bureau, Party Member of the CPC PBC Shanghai Headquarter Committee, Secretary of the CPC PBC School of Graduate Students Committee and Vice Chairman of the School Affairs Committee, Deputy General Director of the PBC Research Bureau and Deputy General Director of the PBC Research Institute. Mr. Jiao, a professor, research fellow, and doctoral supervisor, is an expert receiving special government allowance from the State Council. He is also a pundit in financial inclusion research in China and a leading expert in financial consumer protection study. As a prolific author, Mr. Jiao has published more than 10 books, 200 academic papers and theoretical articles.
SINGAPORE BULLION MARKET ASSOCIATION
Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in March 1993 as Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director, Far East in 2003. He retired at the end of March 2015 and has been appointed as Advisor to World Gold Council since 1 April 2015 by the Chairman of the Board.
In addition, he was appointed to the panel of the 18 International Advisors to the Shanghai Gold Exchange in 2016 again, a position he has held since its inception in 2002.
Albert's marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam, Hong Kong in the early 80's, moved on to gold marketing in July 1985 when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as Regional Manager for HK/Southeast Asia.
He was appointed honorary CEO of Singapore Bullion Market Association in Nov 2015 after retirement.
INTERNATIONAL BULLION MARKET COMPANY
A professional economist with over 20 years of diverse experience in the analysis of metals markets, as well as running the world’s leading precious metals consultancy, GFMS, for over 12 years (until its sale to Thomson Reuters in 2011). Regular appearances on major global TV networks (CNN, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg) as well as speaking at key international conferences.
DIRECTOR - PRECIOUS METALS
Yang Lu is Director Metals Products at CME Group. Yang is responsible for managing the Exchange’s precious metals product offerings on COMEX & NYMEX and contributing to the development and execution of the strategy for the precious metals business line in EMEA. Prior to joining CME Group, Yang worked as a Metals Analyst at Thomson Reuters GFMS, with a focus on demand analysis across the base metals markets. Yang holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from Zhejiang University. Yang is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
GLOBAL TECHNICAL GOVERNANCE MANAGER
SGS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED
Effie is Global Technical Governance Manager for Supply chain Assessment & Solutions services in the SGS Group, working with major companies and initiatives on their social programmes; advising on key trends and providing advice on robust systems and sustainable solutions as part of the broader range of sustainability services offered by SGS.
Effie has been involved in the social accountability and sustainability field for over 20 years and has worked on a number of initiatives to improve audit quality, promote data sharing and help improve supplier performance. She heads SGS’ global activities in relation to the Responsible Jewellery Council certification services as well as working on a number of Chain of Custody programmes in the sector. Since 2015 she has chaired the Independent Governance Committee for Responsible Sourcing which provides oversight for the DMCC Rules for Risk-Based Due Diligence in the Gold and Precious Metals Supply Chain.
Prior to joining SGS in 1985, Effie spent 6 years in UK garment and micro-computer manufacturing companies. Effie has wide experience within the auditing, inspection and consultancy functions, with specific knowledge of Supply Chain Management.
HEAD OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT - PRECIOUS METALS
Alex is responsible for the development of the LMEprecious product suite and for the LBMA Platinum and Palladium Price Discovery Process. Prior to joining the LME in 2015, he was a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, where he led projects across financial services. Projects included strategic planning for a financial regulator, launch planning for a new Exchange venue, new product introduction, development of an International Financial Centre and balance sheet management for a global Bank. Alex started his career with Accenture and Korn Ferry. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA (hons) from the University of Cambridge.
Jeffrey founded Rhodes Precious Metals Consultancy DMCC in 2013 after a career in the global precious metals industry spanning four decades working across four continents for major bullion banks and financial institutions. He has been prominent in the development of the Dubai Multi Commodity Centre and has been a member of Dubai’s Gold Advisory Group since its inception in 2003. Jeffrey is a past chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the LBMA having been the founding editor of its trade magazine The Alchemist.
Mr. Tawhid Abdullah is one of the most well-known personalities in the gold and jewellery fraternity in Dubai. He was the co-founder of the well-known jewellery brand Damas and the Managing Director cum Chief Executive Officer of Damas Real Estate. He is currently the Managing Director of their latest venture Jawhara Jewellery. Mr. Abdullah is currently the chairman of the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group.
In 2004, he received Italy's highest civilian Commendatore award for promoting Italian jewellery trade for over 25 years. His professional approach has earned him several accolades from all quarters ranging from Suppliers, Customers, and Media, Banks and Government bodies. Arabian Business Awards named him Businessman of the Year in 2006 and in April 2007, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, awarded Mr. Abdullah ‘the Best Entrepreneurial Mentor’ special award for his support for the young UAE businessmen. In 2007, he was named as one of the top 100 CEOs in the region. As a strong believer in serving and giving back to the community, Mr. Tawhid Abdullah supports several notable charities and has been the major sponsor for many prestigious events.
Les Male is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX), the largest and most diversified derivatives Exchange in the Middle East. Les has nearly 30 years’ experience in the Global Commodities industry with particular expertise across Exchanges, risk management and trading systems. As an extensively networked business leader with a consistent track record of driving new business, he builds outstanding customer relationships, whilst protecting and growing shareholder return.
Les joins DGCX from NASDAQ where he was responsible for client-facing activities on the Global Commodities product suite across UK based Prop shops, brokers, market makers, trading companies and Clearing Merchants (GCM’s) trading crude oil, fuel oil, gas and power derivatives and OTC swap contracts.
A double Engineering graduate from the University of Bath, he joined British Gas as a pipeline engineer before managing strategic projects for the Network Code, culminating in leading the development of Europe’s first gas spot market (the OCM). He later became Commercial Director at EnMO and then continued in that role for APX-Endex, the Anglo-Dutch European gas and power trading Exchange. In 2010 he became the European Managing Director for the Green Exchange, a US-backed venture for global carbon trading. After acquisition by the CME Group, his role took on the European gas and Global LNG strategy for NYMEX, prior to joining NASDAQ in 2014.
RESPONSIBLE JEWELLERY COUNCIL
Andrew joined the RJC in June 2015 as Executive Director. He is responsible for setting out the mission, vision and values of the RJC, working with its management and Executive Committee to develop and review the direction of the organisation, and establishing stakeholder and industry relationships to promote its objectives.
Andrew brings with him 38 years of experience in the international diamond industry working for the De Beers Group of Companies. He began his career as a rough diamond expert and went on to travel extensively with De Beers, including six years living and working in central Africa. He went on to serve in the company’s Sales Department and also managed a ground-breaking partnership between the World Health Organisation and De Beers in the campaign to eradicate polio.
For the last 15 years, he was De Beers’ Group Head of Government & Industry Relations, where – among other things – he contributed to the development and implementation of the Kimberley Process, co-founded the Diamond Development Initiative, served on the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and was Vice President of the World Diamond Council.
In addition, Andrew was a visiting lecturer at Westminster University’s Business School and is an alumni member of Cambridge University’s Programme for Industry.
DIRECTOR – PRECIOUS METALS
To successfully lead the precious metals business at DMCC, the world’s number one Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise, requires a commodities expert that goes way beyond the logistics and supply chain ‘know-how’ to give the organisation agility to maintain its competitive edge - today, tomorrow and long into the future.
Meet Ajay Mathur, who brings with him over 25 years of international banking experience from Standard Chartered, ScotiaMocatta, HSBC and Royal Bank of Canada - primarily as a commercial banker with specialisation in commodities and a forte in setting up new business from scratch.
With extensive experience in Canada, Middle East and India, Ajay joined the DMCC team in 2017 and is instrumental in driving DMCC’s strategy for precious metals to the next level by drawing upon his commodities trade and banking experience. He was also a voluntary member of DMCC’s Dubai Gold Advisory Group and its Physical sub-committee from 2004 – 2012. Today, Ajay’s core objective is to cement DMCC’s position as the global gateway for commodities trade and enterprise.
Drawing upon DMCC’s world-class trade infrastructure from its DMCC Free Zone, home to over 14,100 companies; through to its trade facilitation for key commodities sectors such as precious metals, its financial services platforms including the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange; and its unique platforms like DMCC Tradeflow that bring trade finance solutions to market; Ajay ensures the organisation develops the appropriate infrastructure the trade needs to succeed, as well as connecting market participants from all over the world through global events such as DMCC’s annual global Dubai Precious Metals Conference.
Ajay brings a wealth of industry expertise and financial nous with him that continues to bring DMCC and his team to new heights. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Delhi, India.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR - PRECIOUS METALS AND DIAMOND MARKET
Graduated from Bosphorus University, Business Administration Department. Worked for Capital Markets Board of TURKEY as auditor and specialist in Ankara and Istanbul. Became Derivatives Department Manager for Istanbul Gold Exchange where first gold futures contracts traded in Turkey. Later, became Vice President of Istanbul Gold Exchange, also worked as Advisor to the President of Istanbul Gold Exchange for a period. After the merger of Istanbul Gold Exchange with Istanbul Securities Exchange to form Borsa Istanbul, started to work as Deputy Director for Precious Metals and Diamond Market.
DUBAI GOLD & JEWELLERY GROUP (DGJG)
Chandraprakash D Siroya, also known as Chandu Siroya in business circles, is a Commerce graduate and hails from Rajasthan in India. He is the Managing Director of Siroya Jewellers LLC, one of Dubai’s dynamic companies. He has vast experience in the Manufacture, Wholesale and retail of jewellery. Siroya is the recipient of the Award of Highest Importer of Gold Jewellery from India into the Middle East for 2017 and have been the highest Importer of Indian made jewellery for 8 consecutive years. Siroya Jewellers have also been awarded the Guinness World record for the manufacture of the Worlds Longest Handmade Gold Chain measuring 5.52 kilometers for the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2015.
Mr. Siroya is the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group. He has been a very active member of the board since its inception 23 years ago. Mr. Siroya is also a member of the Dubai Gold Advisory group at DMCC. He is actively involved within the Jain Community of Dubai and is the President of Jain International Trade Organization Dubai.
Çağdaş is currently responsible of precious metals research and consultancy work for Metals Focus focusing Turkey and all of Middle East with greater emphasis on UAE, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Çağdaş has over 17 years’ experience within the commodities industry, eleven of which spent in precious metals. His recent roles have included Business Development Manager and Investor Relations Manager at Goldas Jewelry, Compliance Manager and Deputy Director at Atasay Jewelry Group. Çağdaş holds a BA degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University and an EMBA from Koç University in Turkey.
GLOBAL HEAD OF PRECIOUS METALS TRADING
VTB CAPITAL LTD
Greg Frith began his career on the London Metal Exchange in 2005, where he worked for Ring Dealing member Sempra Metals Ltd. providing market-making services to Base Metals clients to help expand the international physical trading business. Greg became involved in the Precious Metals industry in 2007 when he joined ICBC Standard Bank to help expand their Precious Metals physical, leasing and trading business in the Dubai Gold market. In 2017 Greg left the Middle East to explore new opportunities in Asia and join the leading Russian Emerging Markets bank, VTB Capital. VTB Capital’s global commodities franchise has been expanding its presence aggressively in recent years, aiming to create increased synergies between the resource-rich Russian mining sector and the growing commodities consumer markets of China, South East Asia and India. Greg is currently the Global Head of Precious Metals Trading for VTB Capital based in Hong Kong, where he oversees the bank’s international Precious Metals business with an emphasis on providing physical, derivatives and hedging services in Asia, India and other key Emerging Markets.
Andrea Broggian was the CEO of his family-business for 30 years, leading the company to expand in more than fifty countries and many of the most prestigious retailers in the world.
He directly represented major international brands, such as Mikimoto and Chaumet, and led the launch and establishment of the brand MIMI’, until the opening of two flagship stores, one in Milan’s fashion district and one in Ginza, Tokyo. From 1985 to 1996, he was Board Member in the Italian Gemmological Institute (Istituto Gemmologico Italiano) and was then re-elected as Board Member in 2017.
From 2002 to 2005, he was President of the club Club Degli Orafi Italia and, from 2006, he has been representing Italy in the Pearl Executive Committee of CBJO. He has been COO at Mattioli spa, in Turin, from February 2017.
Actually, he is COO at Vhernier, the Italian jewellery brand famous for its out-of-the-ordinary pieces, characterized by clean lines, unique colours and bold volumes that recall modern art sculptures. With fifteen stores in the most exclusive shopping areas and distributed in the most prestigious multi-brand stores in the world Vhernier is recognized as The ultimate contemporary jewellery brand: the best of jewellery for today's woman.
MANAGING DIRECTOR - INDIA
WORLD GOLD COUNCIL
Somasundaram PR (Som) joined the World Gold Council in January 2013, as Managing Director, India. Based in Mumbai, Som is responsible for leading the World Gold Council's activities across the Indian gold market.
Som has over 27 years' experience across diverse industries including the FMCG and banking sectors. Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Som was the Chief Executive Officer of a regional private bank and earlier to that, he was with Standard Chartered Bank in India for over eight years in various senior roles as a member of the Management Committee.
Previously, Som had spent over 13 years with Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in a variety of roles in financial management, logistics and M&A. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
JOINT SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Mr Dwivedi is an alumna of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Indian Institute of Management, Banglore and Cambridge, UK. He started his career as an executive in a Multinational company to work for IT and modernisation projects for three years. Thereafter he joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in the year 1997.
Mr Dwivedi has served for 16 years in the challenging state of Jammu and Kashmir in various positions. He has been largely appreciated on several occasions for displaying outstanding service in improving public service delivery in terrorist infested areas of Kashmir, Jammu & Rajouri. While serving in Ladakh, Mr Dwivedi has actively promoted micro level planning based on Participatory Rural Appraisal tools.
Mr Dwivedi was instrumental in setting up state’s first Data Centre and promotion of e-procurement in the state. Mr Dwivedi also worked towards promotion of Renewable Energy sector in the state through proactive policymaking and implementation of ambitious projects throughout the state. He also launched an ambitious project of lighting a million lives with the installation of Solar Home lighting systems in Two hundred thousand households of the far-flung villages of the state.
As the Health Secretary of the J&K state Mr Dwivedi in a short time was able to bring a turnaround in health scenario of the state. According to a detailed survey by India-Today team steered by Bibek Debroy, in 2012-13 J&K was declared as No. 1 in improvements made in the Health sector. This was possible with extraordinary efforts like setting up neonatal care units, promoting school health programs and involvement of Panchayats in Health and Sanitation programs. Mr Dwivedi worked towards promoting the use of GIS in planning Health institutions in the state. This was the first revolutionary initiative of its kind in J&K. The project has been awarded National Award by Government of India.
In Government of India, Mr Dwivedi was earlier involved in policy matters related to All India Services and anti-corruption measures of Government. He played a crucial role in India's assessment under United Nations Convention against Corruption and represented India in International forums like G20 and OECD.
While serving in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr Dwivedi has been involved in many initiatives like MUDRA, New MSME Policy, Exit Policy for MSMEs, Ease of doing business etc.
Presently Mr Dwivedi is serving as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He has been entrusted with trade and commerce promotion of the most leading sectors, Gems & Jewellery and Textiles. His focus areas for export promotion are Africa and West Asia including Gulf region. Mr Dwivedi is the country focal point for Kimberly Process and also Chair of Adhoc Committee on Review and Reforms of KP. He has been instrumental in facilitating implementation of GST in India. Mr Dwivedi is also the Chief negotiator for FTA negotiations undertaken by India. Mr Dwivedi is a life member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration and as Executive Member of IIPA has actively contributed towards good governance, reforms and public policy.
INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS OF MALABAR GOLD & DIAMONDS
Vision is not born out of pedigree. It is a trait of leaders perfected by their dedication, business acumen and sheer perseverance. Providence saw him being born to a visionary, his struggle carved out his own aura.
Mr. Shamlal Ahamed, Managing Director- International Operations of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, found himself at the helm of jewellery retailing business affairs at a very young age. Having huge shoes to fill with a living visionary, M. P. Ahammed, as his father, Mr. Shamlal took things up a notch with his motto ‘promise only what you can deliver’ exhibiting his repertoire brilliantly. His modus operandi has seen his brand scale new heights in an already competitive market, with him winning over clientele confidence in a short period of time.
Success is a dangerous elixir that can prompt unwise decisions. However, Mr. Shamlal is not one to let emotions govern business strategies. Acutely balancing risks with ground realities, he has managed to propel Malabar Gold & Diamonds to the forefront of the international retail jewellery arena. Building on the group’s repute of trust and reliability, he propelled it to a position of being Middle East’s largest jewellery retailers in a short span of time. He has transformed a talented workforce into a cadre of professional managers with high emphasis on quality deliverance and unblemished integrity.
The mark of a true leader is his ambition and Mr. Shamlal is second to none in this regard. He vies the retail markets of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the United States of America for immediate expansion and also has his eyes set on the markets in Brunei, and Europe.
As the group odysseys across geographies, Shamlal also reiterates his father’s emphasis on ethics and values and encourages and actively participated in collaborative growth and development of all – the company, its management team, its customers and the society where it operates.
AARSON SHUM JEWELRY LIMITED
Aaron Shum is the President of Aaron Shum Jewelry Limited. In 1978, he had started a business in Saudi Arabia and became a Belt & Road pioneer at the aged of 21. With over 30 years of experience in the jewellery business and after years of effort, Dr. Shum has opened over 35 boutiques in UAE. His company and the product brand Coronet®️ have gained worldwide recognition and it is the first and only jewellery product brand in the history of Hong Kong exhibited in Hall 1 of the 100 years Baselworld.
Dr. Shum is actively involved in community services. He currently serves as executive committee member of The Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Brand Development Council, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Yemen in HKSAR and Honorary Chairman of HKJMA. Dr. Shum was the council member of the Jewellery Advisory Committee of the HKTDC (1997-2007). In 1999, he had organized and has always been the Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Business Community Joint Conference, a coalition of 66 organizations representing small and medium-sized enterprises. Dr. Shum is also a Member of the Election Committee of The Fifth Term Chief Executive Election, Organizing Committee & CSR Foundation Chairman of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Big Bay Area Economic & Trade Association.
He was awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Professional Validation Council of Hong Kong Industries in 2006. Dr Shum earned his Master Degree in Material Engineering from Beijing Yanshan University in 2003 and a PhD in Business Administration from South Pacific University of Malaysia in 2010.
HEAD OF SECTOR PROJECTS AND LEGAL ADVISER - RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CONDUCT UNIT
OECD - INVESTMENT DIVISION
Tyler Gillard is Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD’s Investment Division. He manages the OECD’s work on due diligence in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined the OECD in 2009 and led multi-stakeholder negotiation and agreement on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and the adoption of the related OECD Council Recommendation on the Due Diligence Guidance. Since the adoption of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Tyler has facilitated its use and support by the UN Security Council, G8, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (pursuant to section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the European Union and multiple African countries and industry schemes.
Tyler also led the development and implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector, the OECD Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector (forthcoming) and best practice papers on due diligence in various financial products and services (forthcoming). He is currently supervising OECD efforts to develop a general Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, relevant for all sectors of the economy.
Before joining the OECD, Tyler was a fellow in international law at Columbia Law School, where he worked with the Human Rights Institute and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment on responsible business conduct, international investment law and transparency in the extractive industry. Tyler has also worked with Human Rights Watch and for a number of years on local development and public-private dialogue throughout India. @tylergillard
HEAD – PRECIOUS METALS & DIAMONDS, CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL BANKING
NATIONAL BANK OF FUJAIRAH PJSC
Ajay is the Head of Precious Metals & Diamonds in National Bank of Fujairah’s Corporate and Institutional Banking division.
Ajay began his career auditing jewellery companies and has close to twenty years of experience in the gold and jewellery industry. He joined NBF in March 2004 and has since played an instrumental role in the bank’s transformation into one of the key bullion suppliers in the UAE and a leading provider of bespoke services for the gold and jewellery sector.
Ajay is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
DUBAI EYE 103.8FM
Richard Dean is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. Based in Dubai, he presents the UAE’s leading current affairs radio show, The Business Breakfast, on Dubai Eye 103.8FM.
Richard has spent more than two decades working as a reporter, editor and journalist for many of the world’s leading media brands, including The Economist, Reuters The Financial Time and Bloomberg.
Richard’s first book, Sink or Swim, analysed the real estate crash that hit Dubai in the late 2000s. His second, Crowdpleaser, is due out in 2018.
When not covering successful companies Richard is busy building one, as managing director of Pallavi Dean Interiors.
FOUNDER AND CEO
KAIROS INTERNATIONAL DMCC
Viral Desai is the founder and CEO of Kairos International DMCC. He overlooks at commodity trading business at the newly formed entity.
Viral Desai has an extensive 15+ years experience in the field of financial markets with a focus on commodity business. He has also been instrumental in developing bullion banking business for Standard Chartered Bank in the region. He dealt with both institutional and corporate clients on broad financial markets products including vanilla and structured derivatives with a larger focus on precious metals.
Viral holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in business management from a reputed university in India.
BIN SABT JEWELLERY LLC
Managing Director of Bin Sabt Jewellery LLC, Dubai having been in this industry for over 3 decades in various countries.
Bin Sabt Jewellery, is one of the leading suppliers of bullion to regional markets & Indian Subcontinent.